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October 21, 2019

5 Tips To Help Relieve Stress This Holiday Season With CBD

5 Tips To Help Relieve Stress This Holiday Season With CBD By Barbies Beauty Bits

5 Tips To Help Relieve Stress This Holiday Season With CBD

Thanksgiving and Black Friday are right around the corner, and while this can be such a wonderful time of year, it can also be ever so stressful!

This stress can have such a negative impact on the body, mind, and soul. Whether short or long term, it is crucial to find ways to lessen the holiday stress! To not only to help you look and feel better but to have a happier piece of mind.

So, if you what to find out some of the best ways to give your body, skin, and mind a break, continue reading.

Relieve Stress This Holiday Season With Smart CBD Shop

For this post, I have partnered up with Smart CBD Shop. Smart CBD Shop is the ultimate store that supplies the highest quality, 3rd party lab-tested, hemp-derived CBD products that include gummies, oils, tinctures, teas, creams, ointments, and more.

Now before I get into the tips, I wanted to explain how CBD can help to minimize stress and anxiety.

You see, CBD interacts directly with your endocannabinoid system. This system plays a role in regulating a range of functions and processes, including your sleep and mood.

So, when you introduce CBD to the body, these functions are optimized, helping with stress, anxiety, and more. And no worries about getting stoned as CBD is non-psychoactive! It is not weed, it will not give you that mind-altering high that you would get with a cannabinoid that has THC in it.

It’s all the good stuff from the hemp plant that has been shown to reduce pain and inflammation, treat anxiety, stress, nausea and much more!

How Cbd can help with stress by barbies beauty bits

Tip 1: Focus With The Help Of CBD
For many of us, the week of Thanksgiving kick starts the holiday stress. This is when our to-do list starts to pile up both professionally and personally. CBD can help to take the edge off, allowing us to relax, whine down, and focus on what we can control! Giving us the ability to concentrate and prioritize. Remember, you can't do everything, and that IS OK!

Tip 2: Exercise
Now I know you are probably thinking, when can I find time for that. Trust me; you need to find the time and will be happy you did. You see, working out releases endorphins and has many benefits for your body's health both physically and mentally, like:
  • Decreases anxiety and stress levels
  • Brings more oxygen to your skin cells, leaving you with skin that's nourished and firmer.
  • Better sleep
  • Physical shape
  • Gives you more energy
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Soothe Sore Muscles With CBD
And when you are done working out, do not forget to soothe those sore muscles with CBD Clinic revolutionary pain relief. This cream penetrates deeply to target the source of your muscle and joint irritation. Absorbs quickly and efficiently to end the tenderness experienced with muscle and joint pain.

Tip 3: Recharge By Making Some Time For Alone Time
There is nothing like some alone time. While I know it may seem impossible, setting aside 15 minutes a day, without any distractions can calm your mind.

One way to calm your mind is meditation. It helps with related functions, like how you will respond to stress. By practicing it daily, you can also help to improve your concentration and awareness. And for those of you may have a wandering mind and find it hard to implement meditation. A fantastic way to give your mediation a boost is with CBD. That's right CBD can help with your anxiety, so that now you will not have that barrier that could prevent you from being able to meditate.

In addition to mediation, some other things can give you a mental recharge. It can be things as simple as...
  • Taking a walk and enjoying the crisp fall air
  • Listening to your favorite music
  • Reading a book
  • Taking a bath

Tip 4: Socialize By Having A Spa Day With The Girls
Now, I know I just said you need your alone time. But taking time to socialize with others is also essential to living a healthy lifestyle. While your family and even work can stress you out, engaging with the girls helps you feel supported, mentally alert, and calms the soul.

Taking time out to pamper yourself is a must for me to help balance some of the craziness this time of year can bring. While there is nothing like going to the spa for treatments, they can be costly, which is why I like to organize a skincare spa day with the girls.

A spa day doesn't have to be expensive! Just ask each of them to bring something with them, and you can all unwind together with some wine, candles, snacks (including CBD gummies), warm fuzzy robes, and some hemp skincare. Oh, and don't forget the Sky & Wyatt Hemp Infused Teas!

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That's right there is a tea that has CBD in it. Sky & Wyatt Hemp partnered up with The Tea Spot to create a beautiful line of Hemp infused teas! And one thing I like about this tea is unlike other CBD teas which are made from CBD isolates, Sky & Wyatt tea uses the hot water in your cup with an added fat, like cream or almond milk to extract the CBD naturally.

Tip 5: Pamper Yourself With A CBD Soak
Sometimes the best remedy for a tough week is to draw a bath, pour some wine, light a candle, and let the hot water melt your stresses away. And CBD oil can make a fantastic addition to any bath.

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The bottom-line beauties, whatever you choose to do to help with stress and anxiety, remember that each day is a gift and an opportunity to care for yourself better, so please make time.

Want to try some CBD products for yourself? Well now you can get 15% Off at SMART CBD SHOP with code BARBIESBEAUTYBITS

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October 14, 2019

Skincare Sins; Dirty Pillowcases

Skincare Sins; Dirty Pillowcases By Barbies Beauty Bits

Our first post in our Skincare Sins Series Is Dirty Pillowcases. Beauty sleep is real, to look and feel our best, we need rest, and more importantly, we need the right kind of bedding, and this goes for your pillowcases. So if you are ready for some dirty pillow talk, literally, continue reading! 

A lot of us spend time on night creams, but our beauty sleep can either age us or make us younger.  And when it comes to our pillows, it can be a skin aging culprit.  So, let me ask you: "Are you using a clean pillowcase, is it silk?"

A Regular Pillowcase
The moisture pulled into the pillow can draw in dirt and bacteria, causing damage to the skin.

Also, the dirt on the pillowcase exposes the skin to oxidative stress from free radicals. And free radicals can cause premature aging as it breaks down the collagen and elastin in the skin.

These yuckies breed on your pillowcases, especially from the dead skin cells on your scalp and skin!

Silk Pillow Cases  
Sleeping on a silk surface means less moisture will be taken from your skin and hair, so less is pulled into the pillowcase. One silk pillowcase that I like a lot is the Slip, silk pillow that can be found at Sephora.

How Often Should You Wash Your Pillowcase
Once a week, if using a silk pillowcase. Non-silk about every three days.

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Do Beauty Pillows Work
This has been an argument by a lot of people.  But the truth is cotton pillowcases can pull and tug on the skin, which can cause premature aging. While silk pillowcases, on the other hand, glide over your face, reducing the stretching and pulling that can cause lines and wrinkles.  So to me, redefining my beauty sleep by anything that can minimize without harm, I'm all for implementing into my skincare routine.

Nighttime Skincare Routine
To help your skin at night, stick to a great skincare routine, and do not forget to remove all of your makeup before you go to bed! Until next time, sleep tight!

September 10, 2019

Top Four Myths About Plastic Surgery

Top Four Myths About Plastic Surgery By Barbies Beauty Bits

There are many common myths about plastic surgery and beauty for that matter.  Which is why in this blog, we like to educate and share tips on all things beauty, and this includes cosmetic procedures.

For this post, I have partnered up with some professionals, to help share and debunk the "Top Four Myths About Plastic Surgery." But I still recommend that you consult with someone in the medical field as I am not a medical professional.

So without further ado, my top Four Myths About Plastic Surgery!
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Myth 1: Cosmetic Surgery Is All About Vanity
When most people hear the word plastic surgery, they often think of a breast augmentation or a facelift.  But the truth is plastic surgery is more than just volumptious breasts and looking younger.  See some of the real reasons people consider a cosmetic procedure below.

A lot of people consider a cosmetic procedure because of a life-long dream to correct that one thing about them that has seeped away at their confidence. Like a crooked nose from playing a sport or face scar, from their childhood.

There are procedures that a plastic surgeon can perform that is cosmetically corrective. Meaning procedures, whether surgical or nonsurgical that can help to amend something that is not fixable with conventional approaches. Like when a diet doesn't work for weight loss or a face cream for premature aging. They seek something like, CoolSculpting or Botox.

Plastic surgery can also be about making a life situation more comfortable. Let's take a very large bust, for example. Those that are top-heavy can end up having significant back problems, even severe discomfort. So the chance to have a breast reduction can help a person to live a more active, pain-free life.

What some people do not realize is that a lot of plastic surgeons can help with correcting birth defects like a cleft palate. And for a friend of mine who had breast cancer, a plastic surgeon helped her with some post-cancer breast reconstruction.

To sum it up, the right plastic surgeon is one that cares about the overall results after surgery, not just the aesthetics. Which is why, before any procedure, there is always a consultation.

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Myth 2: All Plastic Surgeons Are Qualified
The sad truth is that not all plastic surgeons out there are scrupulous or even qualified. Some will prey on people’s insecurities and see it as an easy way to make money from them while promising life-changing procedures.

But even small procedures carry risks, bigger ones even more so - just take a look at these butt implant videos as an example.

That’s why it’s crucial to find a plastic surgeon who is licensed and certified.  And don’t just take their word for it or go by the framed certificate on the wall, do your research!

This includes:
  • Looking at their qualifications as not all plastic surgery board certifications are the same.
  • Look at their online presence, like social media.
  • Do they have an up to date website?
  • Always ask for before and after photos.
  • What type of reviews do they have?
  • More importantly, if you have a trusted friend who has gone to one, ask them about their experience. 
Another place I highly suggest is going to the RealSelf community. This is an online site that reveals the real story about each procedure and provides everything from before and after photos and stories posted by real people who've undergone a procedure, to forum discussions and doctor answers to your questions.

Bottom line, like anything we do in life, you need to do your research, especially when it comes to your body.

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Myth 3: Only The Rich Can Afford Plastic Surgery
Although this may have once been the case, nowadays there are lots of options open for anyone who wants to have a cosmetic procedure.  And let's be honest if it were only for the rich and famous, there wouldn't be that many plastic surgeons.

In most cases, cosmetic surgery is considered elective surgery, and it is not covered under insurance, leaving most to pay with cash or put it on a credit card.  Plastic surgeons want to make themselves available to all, which is why, some of them offer 3rd party finance options, like through CareCredit.

Others also offer a discounted rate for specific procedures throughout the year, which is why it is a good thing to follow someone on social media, or sign up for their newsletter.  Better yet, sign up for a Reward Program like Brillant Distinctions, which is excellent for those who are considering Botox, Latisse, or fillers like Juvederm.

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Myth 4: Liposuction Is Guaranteed For Permanent Weight Loss

While liposuction is a highly effective procedure, when it comes to getting rid of unwanted fat in areas of the body, your surgeon will tell you that the fat may come back after you’ve had surgery.

Lipo is not a band-aid to permanent weight loss! To maintain a healthy weight, you must live a healthy lifestyle, to include a well-balanced diet and exercise.

So there you have it beauties, our top four myths about plastic surgery debunked.

And while many of the myths above may have been talking about cosmetic. A lot of these apply to many medical procedures. Which means at the end of the day, having any medical procedure needs careful thought and planning. You want to make sure that you are getting the work done for the right reasons with a qualified medical professional.

Top Four Myths About Plastic Surgery By top Beauty Blogger Barbies Beauty Bits


September 9, 2019

Give Your Eyelashes A Blowout With Itcosmetics And Drybar Lash Blowout Volumizing Mascara

It's Time To Give Your Eyelashes A Blowout With Itcosmetics And Drybar
Lash Blowout Volumizing Mascara!

Has anyone tried It Cosmetics Drybar inspired Mascara?

If you are a regular to my page you know I am a big fan of IT Cosmetics!! Which is why I am ever so excited to share with you this new Mascara, the "Lash Blowout Salon Volume Lift Mascara" that IT Cosmetics gifted me.

What makes this Mascara so cool is IT's like a Drybar Blowout for Your Lashes!


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Itcosmetics And Drybar Partner Up Creating A New Mascara
That is right! IT Cosmetics partnered with Drybar to bring to us a mascara that is loaded with a lot of the same ingredients you'd find in some of their hair products, like biotin and collagen!

The tube even looks like one of the Drybar yellow hairbrushes. The bristles also have little yellow balls on the tips, which are meant to help with lash separation and lift. The same technology behind the hairbrush!

Itcosmetics Lash Blowout Volumizing Mascara Review By Barbies Beauty Bits

Lash Blowout Volumizing Mascara Review

Aside from the cool branding, what does this mascara actually offer to our lashes? It really is like a blowout for your lashes as it provides...
  • Root-to-tip application
  • Great lift
  • Volume
  • The formula includes ingredients that are known to benefit our hair, including: 
    • Collagen
    • Vitamin E
    • Jojoba oil
    • Biotin-infused, which is supposed to help make our lashes stronger, just like it does the hair on our heads! 
    • Biotin also helps to saturate the pigment, so it gives you that look of really bold lashes. 
Final Thoughts On Itcosmetics Lash Blowout Volumizing Mascara

I am all about a mascara that gives you volume and lift. These are the two most important things to me, and this mascara did offer that. The formula was not a wet formula which I was happy about. While I would not say it was tacky, which is my favorite, it did apply well, giving a lot of volume.

Want to try the new Lash Blowout mascara? If so,  you can order it from Itcosmetics, Ulta, Sephora, QVC, Macy's, even Amazon!


September 3, 2019

The Benefits Of Turmeric For Back Inflammation And Pain

The Benefits Of Turmeric For Back Inflammation And Pain...
I am such a huge fan of Turmeric. I first started out taking Tumeric for back inflammation and pain.

You see, sitting at your desk all day can cause so many issues!. According to a study published by the Mayo Clinic, back pain is the third most common cause of doctor visits in the United States. Many people like myself who struggle back pain, also wonder how the heck did this happen. As I did not lift anything, I am not overweight, and I did not twist or turn oddly. But the truth is the back-pain culprit is from sitting 8 or more hours, which I do for work!

While I do try to stay active, all of that sitting has done tons of damage to my lower back, and it has even caused tech neck!

So, What Is A Person To Do?

Examining Your Back Pain
First, you want to determine the problem. If X-rays are necessary, I suggest going to a Chiropractor first as they can run X-rays in their office. With the cost being about 80% cheaper than if you went to an orthopedic. Or even your PCP, (primary care physician) who more than likely would request the X-rays to be taken at a hospital, which can be ever so costly, even with insurance.

If the results show that it is something that is not severe, that would NOT need surgery or treatment from an orthopedic. You could proceed with the recommended treatment from the Chiropractor. Which could be E-stim Therapy and taking an NSAID (a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) and or Turmeric as my Chiropractor prescribed. Either way, you do need to consult with your PCP as I am not a medical professional. I am only speaking from my successes.

Ways To Treat Your Back Pain Without Prescription Medication
I am not a fan of pain pills, steroids, or any pharmaceutical drugs for that matter. And this is the solution from most orthopedics and PCPs; let’s put a band-aid on it with a drug that can cause you to gain weight or worse yet, something that can be addictive. Bottom line, I DO NOT WANT A BAND-AID, I want a safer solution. Something that is not harmful that can help relieve inflammation and Turmeric can do just that.

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Turmeric For Pain Relief

You may be familiar with Turmeric as a spice as it is common in Indian and Thai food. But, never knew what else it could be used for.  Curcumin, an active compound that is found in Turmeric, is where all the magic is as it is an excellent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, that can promote healing. Although it only takes up 3% of the plant, companies will extract this and concentrate the compound into a nutritional supplement.

Many studies have shown that Turmeric has tremendous anti-inflammatory powers equal in some cases to that of prescription and over-the-counter medications, like NSAID (a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug). And I am here to testify to this, which is why I highly recommend adding turmeric supplements to your diet regularly.

Turmeric For Pain Relief By Detoxification Works and Barbies Beauty Bits

Working Turmeric Into Your Diet
Turmeric is found in a variety of forms, from a fresh root at Whole Foods and as a dried, powdered form in most upscale grocery stores. However, this can be expensive and who has time to grind a root? Which is why I prefer taking a quality supplement like the Ultra Turmeric Complex from Detoxification Works. I am a major fan of their products like their multi-vitamin and multi-mineral blend in easy-to-take capsules as well as their Cherry & Beet Wellness supplement. Which is why I decided to try their turmeric for pain relief.

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Detoxification Works Ultra Turmeric Complex is a unique combination of organic turmeric powder with synergistic extracts, herbs, and nutrients.

In addition to High-potency organic turmeric extract (95% curcumin - the active ingredient), this supplement also includes:
  • Ginger root extract (5% gingerols)
  • Cayenne extract (100au capsaicin)
  • Piperine (black pepper) extract
  • Zinc citrate
  • Vitamin B6
Piperine: The piperine has been included to potentiate the absorption and effect of the other herbal actives - a well-known herbalists' combination.

The Benefits Of Ginger: In addition to helping relieve pain, ginger can help to protect the lining of the stomach. So, unlike some of the side effects associated with high dose use of aspirin and NSAIDs, like getting an upset stomach or possible damage due to long-time use. You do not have to worry about that when using an herbal supplement, like the one from Detoxification Works. At least from my personal experience.

Other Benefits Of Turmeric
Well, I couldn't end without telling you how great Turmeric is for the skin!

That's right, regular intake of Turmeric Curcumin is also great for the skin, due to its super amazing anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties.

Not only can help to heal and prevent dry skin. But it is excellent for anti-aging, by helping to slow down the signs of aging, diminish wrinkles, and improve skin’s elasticity! Wait, it does all of this… YES and more!

How can one supplement have such a powerful impact across such a broad range of health conditions? The magic is in its life-altering anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which is why I highly recommend taking a turmeric supplement, like the one from Detoxification Works.

Have you tried Turmeric? If so, let me know in the comments below!  Until next time!

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August 16, 2019

Mega Fall Watch Giveaway Plus A $500 Gift Card To My Gift Stop

Mega Fall Watch Giveaway Plus A $500 Gift Card To My Gift Stop By Barbies Beauty Bits

With the change of seasons upon us, having seasonally appropriate accessories are just as essential as your must-have fall clothes, and this goes for watches too. And My Gift Stop has the perfect selection of watches to step up your fall look!

Fall is my favorite season, not only is it beautiful outside, but a fall wardrobe is my favorite! Not only the boots and hats but adding some awesome accessories like some watches are a must for me.

Stylish watches can help you to elevate your look instantly! And My Gift Stop is here to help us kick start our look with a fantastic giveaway!

Check out all the details below.

Contest Terms & Conditions
No purchase necessary.
  • One prize per winner. Five winners total. 
  • Prizes are: one Casio GD100-1B, one Mockberg MO1404, one Caravelle 44B114, one Wenger 01.1441.103, and one $500 gift card.
  • Open to domestic and international individuals aged 18 and older only; void where prohibited.
  • Entry closes on September 30th, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST
  • Winner will be selected in random on October 2nd, 2019.
  • Winner will be notified by email, so be sure to add to your safe list and to check your spam/junk folder.
  • Prize unclaimed after 48 hours from notification is forfeited, and My Gift Stop reserves the right to select another winner.
  • Winner agrees to allow My Gift Stop to publish his/her name with home city and state as a giveaway winner and to promote future giveaways and promotions.
  • Participant agrees that his/her email will be added to our email newsletter to receive sales, new product updates, and other marketing emails. Email is never sold or shared. Participant may unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time.

July 30, 2019

SkinStore Beauty Box Reveal Of Top American Beauty Brands

What better way to end the month of July, than with some top American beauty brands to celebrate all the BEAUTYful things made in the USA! From skin care to beauty, the SkinStore has you set!

And if that wasn't enough, there is nothing like getting a beauty box, and this one from the SkinStore is one bang of a box! While I haven't had the chance to try these all, I would love to share with you the many goodies that came in the box as it is a skincare junkies dream!

Glass Glow Face From Kevyn Aucoin Review By Barbies Beauty Bits

Glass Glow Face From Kevyn Aucoin
A dewy look is must for us over forty, trust me! The universal, lightweight, unique formula creates youthful-looking, well-hydrated skin, with a glassy finish.

I love that it is a multi-purpose glow-gel that can be used on the face and body, leaving skin appearing bright, radiant, and glowing.

Can be used alone for a fresh look, or add it to your existing routine or foundation, for an added glass effect.

Available in three shades: Crystal Clear, Spectrum Bronze, and Prism Rose.

NEOSTRATA Sheer Hydration SPF 35 Review By Barbies Beauty Bits

NEOSTRATA Sheer Hydration SPF 35
Got oily skin or live in an area the summer months are dreadfully humid? If so this, light oil-free SPF hydrator is for you. It is perfect for oily skin or to use in hot, humid climates when increased oiliness is a concern.

It also contains NeoGlucosamine, which is supposed to help reduce the appearance of dark spots from aging and acne — balancing for more even tone, improving the skin's texture and some much-needed firmness, for me.

Paula's Choice Hyaluronic Acid Booster review by barbies beauty bits

Paula's Choice Hyaluronic Acid Booster 15ml
I was so excited to see this in the box as I am a big fan of Paula's Choice and skincare products that have Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic acid is well known for its skin benefits, especially for boosting the hydration of your skin as well as minimizing fine lines and wrinkles. You can really see a difference in the texture of your skin when using this. I still have my wrinkles; but when you use a product that boosts the hydration of the skin, it helps to prevent moisture loss and reinforce the skin's barrier function. Which is an anti-aging plus.

Cruelty-free Murad Prebiotic 3-in-1 Multi Mist Review By Barbies Beauty Bits

Cruelty-free Murad Prebiotic 3-in-1 Multi Mist
I've been so wanting to try a skincare product with a prebiotic in it. This one seems pretty impressive as it is a 3-in-1 Multi Mist and of course the pink packaging is so me! It contains a peptide-rich formula that works to promote a smooth, healthy-looking complexion by rebalancing the skin's microbiome (the collection of good and bad bacteria living on the skin).

I tried it as a setting spray over my makeup, which I liked as I am all about that dewy look!  It provides an extra boost of moisture, helping to minimize those lines that your makeup could set in.

Free from parabens, sulfates, phthalates, gluten, nuts, and animal-derived ingredients.

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First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy AM Gel Cream
This product is an Allure Best of Beauty award winner, and I can't wait to try it.

It is formulated especially for daytime use alone or under makeup that delivers an instant burst of cooling hydration upon application. You can use it both on the upper eyelid and under-eye area. According to Allure, it is great for priming the skin so makeup will not slip or pill, which is what I need.

Erno Laszlo White Marble Essence Lotion Review By Barbies Beauty Bits

Erno Laszlo White Marble Essence Lotion
A brightening toner...Yeah, I do not have one of these.  Brighten formulas are great for helping to combat age spots and lighten your pigmentation for a more balanced complexion.

One of the ingredients in it is the extract of Comfrey Root, which helps to stimulate cell renewal and repair for a visible plumping effect.

Free from phthalates, petrolatum, sulfates, and mineral oil.

Elta MD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 Review By Barbies Beauty Bits

Elta MD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46
With Elta MD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46, you need not worry about your sensitive skin anymore. As the 2010 Winner of Elle Genius Award for Skin,  this product not only offers UVA/UVB protection but also maintains skin health by freeing skin of fatty acid levels and reducing redness.

It is oil-free and light, which again is perfect for this time of year.

Kat Burki PH+ Enzyme Essence 100ml Review By Barbies Beauty Bits

Kat Burki PH+ Enzyme Essence 100ml
Balance and refine your skin! I have not tried a product that helps to balance the PH levels, so I am intrigued by this.  The goal of this treatment is to address your skin's acidity to alkaline ratio.

Basically equalizing your pH levels and replenishing the acid mantle barrier to help improve moisture retention levels and combat free radical damage.YEAH!!!

Dermablend Loose Setting Powder Review By Barbies Beauty Bits

Dermablend Loose Setting Powder
Last but not least, this is a cult favorite of makeup artists and beauty influencers. It is a lightweight, translucent setting powder designed to be worn over your foundations or concealers.

The powder is perfect for baking, setting, and finishing any makeup look. Helps with the long wear of your makeup, aiding with smudging and makeup transfer.

Free from parabens, phthalates, triclosan and sodium lauryl sulfate. Vegan formula: no animal-derived ingredients or byproducts

So there you have it. SkinStore Beauty Box Reveal Of Top American Beauty Brands, pretty impressive, right?

Have you tried any of these skincare products? If so would love to know your thoughts.


July 29, 2019

The Ultimate Self-Care Guide

The Ultimate Self-Care Guide By Barbies Beauty Bits

Having a self-care guide in our lives is a must in my book. Let's face it, life is busy, and sometimes, it can be darn hard! We all have things that take their toll on us, and if we don’t look after ourselves, we may find a lot of the things that we face to be overwhelming. Sound familiar? If so then this guide is for you, so keep reading!

I know, the expression self-care can sound a bit cliche. But there is a lot of evidence behind self-care, along with tons of benefits it can bring to us. For example, feeling less stress and anxiety, furthering our overall well-being, even improved mental health. The good news is that self-care doesn’t have to take long. You could do one thing a day and feel the benefit right away! If you’re not sure where to start, but want to make some changes, then here are some of the things that you can be doing.

Don’t Forget #selfcaresunday
No matter where you turn online and on social media, someone somewhere will be talking about self-care, as it is all about putting yourself first physically, mentally, and emotionally.  The truth is it can be hard for some to think about taking out some me-time. But you need to remember that self-care is not selfish. The truth is when you put yourself first, everyone around you will win. You can be a better partner, a better parent, a better friend, and a better colleague. So take some time each day and make it count.

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Create A Happy List
While this may sound a little odd, trust me, it works. So, what I want you to do is at the end of every day, write out a happy list, or a list of things that you are grateful to have in your life. It can be small things, like finding a Sephora gift card that you did not know you had, adding fresh cut flowers in your home, to eating a yummy meal. A focus like this can shift your motivation and thinking. It helps you to recognize the things that are going right in your life, rather than concentrating on the negative. To motivate you, it can be a fun idea to get a cure journal to write it (Erin Condren does some amazing ones). Then you can be inspired and motivated to do with daily prompts.

Rest Your Eyes
So much of our days, through work and social time, is spent in front of screens.  Not only can this lead to tech neck, but it can and does take a toll on our eyes.  Which can cause things like headaches, eye strain, and blurred vision. There is a rule of twenty, where every twenty minutes you should take a twenty-second break, and look at something that is over twenty feet away. If you wear contact lenses, then it can be a good idea to have at least one or two days a week where you don’t wear your glasses, for example.

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Spa Time
It can feel like such a luxury to take yourself off to a spa to have facials or a massage and trust me; this is the type of pampering you need! If you really can’t fit that in with what you have going on in life, then you could at least treat yourself at home. There are so many at-home sheet masks that you could use, as well as foot spas and essential oils to give you that wonderful spa feeling.

Think About Your Breathing
Studies have suggested that around 20 minutes of yoga breathing (like you would in a yoga class) can improve your mood and even help to improve your memory.  Which is why implementing some yoga into your life is essential.  If you can't find time for yoga, at least take the time to do some yoga breathing techniques right before going to sleep. There is an alternate-nostril approach that you could try:
  • Make an L-shape with your right thumb and first finger; then take a deep breath.
  • From there, press the right side of your nose with your thumb, like you are trying to block your nostril. Breathe out.
  • Breathe in with your other nostril, and then block your left nostril and take your hand off the right one. Breathe out, and then breathe in.
  • Repeat for twenty minutes.

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Laugh With Friends
If you want to feel good and be happy, then what is better than being able to laugh with your friends? Research has found that when you laugh, it helps to release endorphins, which are those happy or feel-good hormones. So yes, you can benefit from having a giggle! It can also be comforting to spend time with friends and talk things out, at the same time, too.

So beauties, as you can see the overall the goal to self-care is to take advantage of the opportunities around us! Doing so will allow us to change the outcome in life to something more positive. Which ultimately will encourage healthy relationships, less burnout, self-love, happiness and more!


June 29, 2019

CoolSculpting Gone Bad

CoolSculpting Gone Bad By Barbies Beauty Bits

Yes, gone really bad as instead of reducing the size of my stomach it made it bigger! Now before I get into this, I want to share that if you are new to my website, that 99% of the content I provide is positive as I feel opinions are just that and not facts. Hence, when I talk about a product, I am only telling you about the ones I like, the ones I hate, you will rarely hear about those.

However, this is a different circumstance, as I feel it is essential to share with you a side effect of CoolSculpting that I was unaware of, primarily as it is claimed to be rare, but it is not. So, what the heck am I talking about? I am talking about a complication called "paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (PAH)." Where instead of the fat shrinking, in the area that is treated with CoolSculpting, it gets bigger, and over time it gets hard and can be painful. WTF?? Yes, you read correctly, I now have a large permanent bulge on my stomach that resembles the CoolSculpting applicator shape!

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CoolSculpting Gone From Bad To Worse; My Entire Experience
If you do not want to read my story, you can skip to What is paradoxical adipose hyperplasia. If not, continue reading. Please note, I mention two doctors, Dr. A, where I had CoolSculpting, Dr. B is the plastic surgeon I went to for a second opinion.

Now, I know you are probably thinking well when you decide to have an elective procedure you are taking risks. Well, in this case, yes and no, as I agreed to promote Dr. A’s  total body bundle, that includes red light therapy first and to finish with CoolSculpting. In turn, I would share my progress on my blog and social media as the company had no marketing or testimonials from anyone.

Before And After For Red Light Therapy And Where My Stomach Was For The Start Of CoolSculpting
The first procedure in my fat reduction journey,  which was red light therapy was amazing. I lost weight, and you can see the results from the image above. You can also see in this picture what my stomach looked like prior to CoolSculpting from the AFTER photo. While that experience was successful and I would highly recommend Red Light Therapy for weight loss, the Coolsculpting was a downhill nightmare.

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Butter Stick After CoolSculping, This Is Normal
For the most part, CoolSculpting has an excellent safety record. During the procedure you will get the butter stick effect, which is supposed to be massaged out, this is normal. After the procedure, most patients experience mild side effects such as redness, tingling, and numbness, which goes away after a few weeks. Mine, however, was much longer.  About the 2nd week in, I still had no feeling in the area in which I had the procedure done, and it was still very red and swollen. Because of the concern, I called Dr. A’s office in which I had the procedure, and they said for some people it takes longer to get the feeling back and for me to wait about two more weeks and check back in.

My Follow Up With The Practice
When I called back, I was able to schedule an appt. With the owner of the practice, he (Dr. A) looked at me and told me, I was fine, and that the area still appeared to be swollen and to check back with him in another month, in which I did.  Two plus months in and while the numbness eventually went away; I started to notice a bulge, that was getting harder, that too me looked like the CoolSculpting applicator.

Dr. A claimed that sometimes you must have more than one process done to remove the fat. Since he was not the one to do the procedure (a licensed Aesthetician did it) he had no idea what I looked like prior.  So, I told him with all due respect, my stomach is larger than before, and it's not fat, it's very hard, and I did not gain weight. And that I don't think having another CoolSculpting series is what I need. The spot is not soft fat; it is hard and feels like it did after it was frozen (cryolipolysis) during the procedure. And more importantly, the mark is the exact size of the CoolSculpting device, in the exact place it was used.

Dr. A repeatedly told that if I wanted the bulge to go away, I needed more CoolScultping treatments. Frustrated as Dr. A was not listening, I left and went home.  Once I got back, I looked through all my photos to see if I had a before and after to share with him.  I know you are probably thinking; well, didn't the practice have a before and after? NO, they did not, as this is one area there were horrible at.

None the less, the photos I did have were the ones I took of the procedure. And if you compared my current state with the picture you could visibly see the bulge was from the CoolSculpting device and looking back now, it was clearly PAH.

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What Is PAH And Why Can It Happen After CoolSculpting?

I was not aware of PAH. I only found out about it, after my frustrations with my stomach, I decided to go to a plastic surgeon (Dr. B) to get a second opinion. It was at that appointment that I was told it was PAH. I was like what the heck is that?

The Plastic Surgeon explained the technology behind CoolSculpting, which I already knew but will share with you. You see, a CoolSculpting procedure cools fat cells to temperatures that trigger their natural death.  Those cells are then eliminated naturally by the body over the following weeks and months.
The Only Way To Treat PAH Is With Liposuction By Barbies Beauty Bits
During the procedure, a non-surgical applicator delivers precisely controlled cooling to the treatment area to selectively target treated fat cells, slimming you down, and leaving the surrounding tissue unaffected. Usually, this is what happens.  However,  a side effect is that the fat in the treated area, instead of shrinking expands and hardens into an unnaturally shaped lump in response to the extreme cold.

This is called paradoxical (abnormal) adipose (fat) hyperplasia (unusual increase in a structure), or PAH for short. Instead of the area shrinking, the bulge after CoolSculpting gets larger and usually becomes firmer than surrounding tissues and resembles the shape of the CoolSculpting applicator.

Needless to say, I was frustrated, but that wasn't the worst. Dr. B told me the only way to fix this was with Liposuction. WTH, you mean I must have an invasive procedure now and pay for it out of pocket to fix this?

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The Only Way To Treat PAH Is With Liposuction

Yep, that is right while PAH is treatable, the only way to fix this bulge on my stomach is with Liposuction, not another CoolSculpting procedure like Dr. A told me. Furthermore, this is not something I can get right away, as I have to wait about nine months until the bulge softens enough to remove safely.

This entire ordeal has been both emotionally and physically draining, especially considering I did the procedure to help market the practice and secondly to address an already bothersome area on my stomach that now appears worse.

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The Doctor Told Me He Would Not Help Me
After finding out that I had PAH, I proceeded to contact Dr. A directly via email, this was a fail as I got no response. About two weeks later, when I acquired his cell phone number, I called him and left him a voicemail telling him I needed to speak with him.  When he finally called me back, he was very nonchalant and said that he was closing his weight loss practice and couldn't help me and that if it was PAH, he agreed I would have to get Liposuction done to fix it and that I should make an appointment with a plastic surgeon as he could not help me. I was like, so let me get this right, you are telling me, that I have to fork out $8000 plus to be put under anesthesia and have lipo done to fix this and you have nothing to say about it but, you can't help you're closing your practice. He said, yes. And that was the end of our conversation.

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Liposuction VS CoolSculpting To Lose Fat
In hindsight, I would not have CoolSculpting done. While it is a promoted as a noninvasive procedure, it costs more as most have to do 2-3 treatments and you don't even get the benefit of detailed sculpting.

On the other hand, Liposuction can end up costing less than some non-surgical alternatives in the long run. A plastic surgeon can determine precisely how much fat to remove to achieve the desired results in only one procedure unlike me, who now has to pay twice.  And if there is an issue, even a side effect, most Dr's offer to help fix and rectify the situation. Not tell you, sorry, I can't help you, and by the way, we suck so bad we are closing our practice!

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Do your research on any cosmetic procedure and always ask about possible complications.  While I did do research, I did not read anything on PAH, nor did the practice, tell me this was a possible side effect.  Otherwise, I may have reconsidered the procedure, since I was only about 15 lbs. overweight.

In conclusion, I hope my story will give some insight to know that while CoolSculpting is marketed as a noninvasive way to lose fat. It is costly, and you should way out your options. And lastly, go to a plastic surgeon, not a spa with an aesthetician to perform, as they can't fix any mistakes or assist with adverse side effects. Otherwise, you will end up like me, stuck as because this was a side effect, there isn’t anything legally I can do about.

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